(TSU News Service)–Tennessee State University will hold a week full of exciting events September 21-27 as community members, alumni and friends of the university come to Nashville to celebrate Homecoming 2014.
Homecoming is a rich, always anticipated tradition of the TSU community. Each fall, Tigers of all generations return to campus to reconnect and share memories. This year, alumni, family and community members will take part in celebrating the ‘tradition of excellence.’
“There’s nothing like a Big Blue Homecoming. We look forward to welcoming all of our distinguished alumni back to the university for an exciting week filled with special memories, camaraderie and cheerful giving,” said Cassandra Griggs, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “This is the opportunity for alumni to see how their alma mater continues to positively transform the lives of its students, and learn about the outstanding academic programs, talented students and campus enhancements.”
While TSU has cherished and maintained certain Homecoming traditions, it has also moved forward across the century, finding new ways to celebrate pride in the institution, its students and alumni. Innovations that have sprung up over the years include the parade, pep rally, Homecoming Court, tent parties and many additional campus activities.
The annual Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest will officially kick off Homecoming week on Sunday, Sept. 21 beginning at 3 pm in the Robert N. Murrell Forum in the Floyd Payne Campus Center. The Gospel Concert rounds out the evening, beginning at 6 pm in Kean Hall in the Floyd Payne Campus Center.
Student events highlight Monday, Sept. 22, when the Courtyard Show takes place in Welton Plaza starting at 11 am, followed by the Battle of the Residence Halls at 7 pm in the Floyd Payne Campus Center Keane Hall gymnasium.
The All-White Glow Tent party will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Welton Plaza beginning at 7 pm. The Coronation for Miss TSU and Mr. TSU takes place Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Kean Hall. Wednesday’s activities conclude with the non-Greek organizations Yard Show beginning at 9 pm in the Averitte Amphitheatre.
Homecoming continues Thursday, Sept. 25, with the Agriculture and Home Economics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Farrell-Westbrook Complex at 7 pm. A Homecoming Concert in the Gentry Complex starts at 7 pm and features August Alsina and Juicy J. Hosted by Lil Duval. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for the general public. The evening concludes with the Alumni White-Out Mixer at the Sheraton Music City Hotel Ballroom.
Friday, Sept. 25, kicks off with the traditional Charles Campbell Fish Fry at 11 am on the President’s Lawn, followed by Pep Rally at 11:30 am in Hale Stadium. The TSU National Pan-Hellenic Step Show begins at 5 pm at the Gentry Complex. Hosted by actress Lisa Raye, tickets are $10 for students in advance, $15 at the door.
The evening concludes with the ‘Evening of Honors’ Scholarship Reception and Gala beginning at 6 pm at the Music City Center. The night will honor TSU football great and now Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Claude Humphrey and Honors program educators, Drs. McDonald and Jamye Williams, who have made advancing education and student success a priority during their more than 30 years at TSU. The evening will also address the needs of students to make sure they have the proper funding to acquire a college education in order to pursue their career goals and aspirations.
Saturday, Sept. 27, features the Homecoming Parade beginning at 9 am, followed by the Showcase of Bands at noon at Hale Stadium. The Homecoming football game between TSU and FAMU kicks off at 6 pm at LP Field.
View the 2014 schedule and the campus map. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 615-963-5381.